NUPG Open Print Competition 2018 Winners

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The third NUPG (Northern Underwater Photography Group) open print competition proved a great success at The Great Northern Dive Show 2018, with the 56 entries on display attracting many of the show's visitors over the weekend.

The overall winner and runner-up were chosen by a judging panel consisting of the competition's prize sponsors, Gary Kay from Fleet Dive, and Clare Dutton, of Dutton Divers. Freelance professional underwater and wildlife photographer Ellen Culyaerts was on hand to lend her expert advice and assist with the judging.

The public also had their chance to vote for their favourites, with 2,928 votes received from 366 visitors. The overall standard of the competition was very high, with a large spread of votes for all the images. Although there were some firm favourites, there was not one image that did not receive a vote.

All category winners receive a Shark Trust Adoption Certificate, and all the winning and runner-up images can be viewed in the NUPG 2018 Print Competition Gallery on the NUPG website


Overall Winner

Elaine White, 'Lilies in Cenote Car Wash'

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This beautiful image of Lilies with trees above taken by Elaine White in The Car Wash Cenote, Tulum, Mexico was chosen as the Overall Winner. The more you look at this image the more you see, she has used Snell’s window to great effect, the reflections and colours of the lilies, water and trees are mesmerising. Elaine won a dive package donated by Fleet Dive based in Costa Brava Spain. Elaine also topped the British & Irish Macro category with her portrait of a shrimp.

British & Irish Wide Angle Winner / Overall Runner-up

Kirsty Andrews, 'Seal in Sunbeams'

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This great image of a seal in the sunbeams taken by Kirsty Andrews was chosen as the overall runner-up and the British and Irish Wide Angle Category winner. Again, the light and sunbeams add to the overall composition. Kirsty wins a Full Face Mask Try Dive at Vivian Quarry donated by Dutton Divers.

British & Irish Macro Winner

Elaine White, 'Shrimp'

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Elaine White topped the British and Irish Macro Category with this super picture of a shrimp, and she was also the overall winner with her 'Lilies in Cenote Car Wash' image.

Overseas Wide Angle Winner

Tom St. George, 'Red Cenote Car Wash'

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Cenote Car Wash in Tulum, Mexico features again, this time with Tom St George winning the Oversea Wide Angle category for his picture in this unusual Red Cenote, where the waters are known to turn a strange colour after heavy rains. He took this shot with a mirrorless Olympus OMD-EM1 camera using an Olympus Pro Lens 7-14mm. 

Overseas Macro Winner

Caroline Robertson-Brown, 'Seahorse'

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Caroline Robertson-Brown won the Overseas Macro Category with this lovely shot of a seahorse, showing how these sensitive creatures blend in with their surrounding environment.

Full List OF Winners and Runners-Up

British & Irish Macro

  • 1st Elaine White - Shrimp
  • 2nd Yo-Han Cha  - Tompot Blenny
  • 3rd John Spencer – Sea Loch Anemone.

British and Irish Wide Angle

  • 1st Kirsty Andrews – Seal in Sunbeams
  • 2nd Will Clark – Feeding Basking Shark
  • 3rd Mark Thomas – Grey Seal, Farnes Islands.

Overseas Macro

  • 1st Caroline Robertson-Brown – Seahorse
  • 2nd Justin Beevor – Mantis Shrimp with eggs
  • Equal 3rd Amanda Gartmore – Clam mantle
  • Equal 3rd  John Spencer – Lionfish.

Overseas Wide Angle

  • 1st Tom St. George –  Red Cenote Car Wash, Tulum Mexico
  • 2nd Elaine White - Lilies in Cenote Car Wash,
  • 3rd Nick Robertson-Brown - Tiger Beach.

Elaine with Ellen and prize sponsors

Winner Elaine (second from left) with (L-R) Gary Kay, Clare Dutton, and Ellen Culyaerts

NUPG Monthly meetings are currently held at 8pm on the second Monday of every month. Planned events over March and April 2018 include:

12 March: Speaker: Alex Tattersall, Confessions of an ex (critter) fiddler'. Competition Theme: Schooling
9 April: Speaker: Josef Litt, 'Galapagos'. Competition: Fish Faces
28 April: Capernwray Dive Day

The NUPG can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the website contact form or via a message on the NUPG Facebook group.



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